mung bean

mung bean

[muhng]
noun
1.
a plant, Vigna radiata, of the legume family, cultivated for its edible seeds, pods, and young sprouts.
2.
the seed or pod of this plant.
Also called gram, green gram.


Origin:
1905–10; earlier moong < Hindi mū̃g, variant of mūg; compare Pali, Prakrit mugga, Sanskrit mudga

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mung bean (mʌŋ)
 
n
1.  an E Asian bean plant, Phaseolus aureus, grown for forage and as the source of bean sprouts used in oriental cookery
2.  the seed of this plant
 
[C20 mung, changed from mungo, from Tamil mūngu, ultimately from Sanskrit mudga]

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